Did Thomas Crapper Really Invent the Toilet?: The Inventions That Changed Our Homes and Our Lives

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Nov 17, 2008 - Games & Activities - 210 pages
Which came first, sliced bread or the toaster? When did most people begin wearing deodorant? Who invented the electric blanket? Catherine O’Reilly tackles questions such as these with a keen curiosity and well-honed writing skills. Her ability to turn any normal home into a jungle of history, invention, and technological wonder is a treat. For fans of Schott’s Original Miscellany and The Book of Useless Information, O’Reilly’s Did Thomas Crapper Really Invent the Toilet? is another smart and quirky look at miscellaneous items. Learn the real histories of the blender, the fire extinguisher, the cheese grater, the clock radio, deodorant, Post-its, fabric softener, and, of course, the toilet. These are the unknown stories of everyday items that we take for granted.

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This book glosses over the historybackground of the invention of everyday products. There is forced humor. I have read many other books on the history of inventions and would recommend any of those ... Read full review

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Did not finish- Very simple, introductory for the topic. Written for children in the middle grades. Read full review

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Catherine O'Reilly is a professional writer who lives in New York City.

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